Requests for Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) should be made to:
Access to Information on the Environment Officer
Office of the Protected Disclosures Commissioner
6 Earlsfort Terrace
AIE requests made to the Office will be dealt with by the Secretariat.
The Ombudsman holds the offices of both the Commissioner for Environmental Information and the Protected Disclosures Commissioner. While certain ‘in house’ services or facilities are shared between both offices, each office has separate staff who are designated to carry out their functions in an independent manner. When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations you are required to:
state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations and submit it in writing or electronic form (email@example.com)
provide your contact details
state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required, and specify the form and manner of access desired
Normally you will be notified of the decision on your request within 1 month of its receipt.
If you consider that your original request for environmental information was refused wholly or partially, or was otherwise not properly dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the AIE Regulations, you may request that the Office carry out an internal review of the decision. This request must be made not later than one month from the date that you receive the decision from the Office. The review will be carried out by a member of staff who is not connected with the original decision, and who is of the same grade as, or more senior than, the original decision-maker.
No fee will be charged for the internal review process.
A written outcome of the review informing you of the decision, the reason for the decision and advising you of your right of appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information, including the time limits and fees associated with such an appeal, will be issued to you within one month of the date of receipt of the request.
There is no initial fee required when making an AIE request to this Office. The Office may however, charge a reasonable fee for supplying environmental information in accordance with the Regulations. The Office has set an indicative fee as follows:
If an applicant requires hard copies there may be a fee of €0.04 per sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request.
Details of charges, if any, will be advised in the decision letter. The Office will take account of your personal circumstances when calculating any fees that might apply.
Fees in respect of supplying information may be waived where the cost is estimated at less than €10.00
Where requesters are in a position to view the required documents on site at the Office, there will be no charge for accessing these records
Electronic access can be provided to requesters free of charge via email
A guide to the functions of the Office and to records held by it can be found in the FOI Publication Scheme. If you have any queries the Information Officer can be contacted by telephone at 01 639 5650, or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
This website is an information point for the purpose of the AIE Directive. If you need further environmental information you may submit an AIE request or contact the Information Officer, as outlined above.
Further general information on the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 – 2018, including background information on the legislation, useful publications and links to other relevant bodies is available in the AIE section of the website of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications.